The Argonauts in Ancient Greece were heroes on a
quest to fi nd the Golden Fleece. In the same way,
today’s European student teachers will have to learn
important education and international competencies
by going abroad. The quest for the Golden Fleece is a
metaphor for something which is not tangible, but is
rather a fl exible combination of knowledge, attitude
and skills necessary in a truly multicultural Europe.
The eight project partners in "Argonauts of Europe"
developed and implemented a mobility framework
and a course including teaching practice for foreign
student teachers. Intercultural communication and the
management of transnational educational projects were
the main focus of this learning experience, which was
supported by a web-based learning environment.
In this way the project partners aimed to off er a tool for a
better preparation of future teachers in managing European
school projects like Comenius School Partnerships. They
also developed a profi le of education staff able to work in
the fi eld of European and international education. Within
the lifetime of the project, the newly developed course
was implemented in each partner institution combined
with a period of intensive teaching practice at a foreign
primary or secondary school. In total 120 student teachers
participated in the courses.
The project results were widely disseminated and closely
matched the aims of the Comenius programme. They help
to prepare young teachers for European cooperation in
schools and strengthen the European Dimension in school
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